The deceased souls or Pitras are ancestors from our current and previous lifetimes. It is believed that pitras with lord Ganesha’s grace approach the earth once a year to get relief from their sufferings. During these days they feed on the willing offerings made to them by descendants. If offerings are not made willingly they forcefully take good fortune energies from their unwilling or ignorant descendants.
Shradh Dates 2011 as per Hindu calendar followed in India is from September 13 to September 27, 2011. In Hinduism, Shradh is the rituals performed by relatives for the departed souls of dead ancestors, parents and relatives.
Below are the Mahalaya Pitru Paksha and Shradh 2011 dates.
Tarpan and Shradh are performed on all Amavasi or no moon days. But the most important period to perform Shradh is the Pitru Paksha period during the Krishna Paksha fortnight in Ashwin month (September – October).
Pitru Paksha Shraddh Dates in 2011
September 13, 2011 – Mahalya Pitru Paksha begins
September 14, 2011 – Dwitiya Shradh
September 15 – Tritiya Shradh
September 16 – Chaturthi Shradh
September 17 – Panchami Shradh
September 18 – Shasti Shradh
September 19 – Saptami Shradh
September 20, 2011 – Ashtami Shradh
September 21, 2011 – Navami Shradh
September 22, 2011 – Dasami Shradh
September 23, 2011 – Ekadashi Shradh
September 24, 2011 – Dwadashi Shradh
September 25, 2011 – Trayodashi Shradh
September 26, 2011 – Chaturdashi Shradh
September 27, 2011 – Mahalaya Amavasi – Most important day of Shradh.